Wyoming 2.0

Kirwin Ghost Town near Meeteetse, Wyoming.

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The kids took us hiking at an old deserted mining town.  It was last a booming little mining town in 1906.  I watch “Poldark” on PBS, so I was a little familiar with the mining towers.  (It’s a good show to binge watch by the way.)

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Trevor told us that a paranormal group came out and did a documentary on the ghost activity around here.   Happy to say, we did not run into any ghosts.

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Len, Trevor and Henry in front of a boiler in one of the mining towers.

Boiler and mining tower.  This is how they hauled gold up out of the mountains.  The town fell because they did not have a nearby railroad to transport goods.

I didn’t take a picture of the outhouse but it was interesting.  It was an outhouse, but one for several people at one time, like at a modern day public restroom with multiple stalls.  With all the wildlife around, I’m sure you had a potty buddy for safety reasons.

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Trevor and Henry taking a hike.  It was a beautiful day.

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Henry during one of our walks.  This is the corn field on the other side of the road from the pasture full of cows.

Bailey rescued this sweet little black kitten and it LOVES Henry!  They are so cute together.    Henry pulls at it’s ears and tries to eat the kitty and the kitty just purrs and rubs itself all over Henry.

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Henry and his dog Lucchese.  Bailey upgraded her Jeep to a family version (4 door).

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Len, Bailey, and Henry.  Check out Henry’s cardigan!  I know!  It’s so cute!  I can’t wait to show you!  I’ve had it done for a while, but I wanted to wait until Henry could wear it for pictures to show you.

On our way home, we stayed overnight in Colorado Springs, CO.  We were eating at a Mexican restaurant on the patio, and these critters showed up.

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This little guy got a little too close for my comfort.  He got right up under our table.  I was taking a picture with my phone and I guess he thought I was giving him food.  He got as close as his paws on the chair next to mine under the table.  He stared at me eye to eye and for a second, I thought he might go rabid and get me.  Just as a little fear hit me, he (or she) backed off and went on with their walk.

I found one of them up in a tree on our way out.

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I have lots more to share, but I don’t want to overwhelm you.  I will show and tell Luke and Henry’s cardigans next time.

Happy Fall Y’all

Tammy

 

Wyoming

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How about a little trip to Wyoming today?  We are visiting our daughter, Bailey, Trevor, and Henry in Wyoming.  We are in a pocket of paradise here.  We’re in a small farming town, the closest metro being 2 1/2 hours away.  We’re enjoying the heck out of Henry.  Len also likes to help Bailey with projects around the house, so were doing some of that too.

I’ve been taking Henry for walks down this little country dirt road behind a corn field.  One side is solid corn and the other is a field full of cows.  I’m sure nobody ever walks down this road!  I’ve seen the cows for 4 walks now.  They lift their heads, stare at us, moo a little bit, and that’s our walk.  Yesterday, I guess the cows got curious enough that they all came running over to see us.

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Imagine a huge herd of cows running over to you.  They have a little hot wire fence so the cows don’t stray.  I was so worried the cows were going to try and get through the hot wire to get to us, and they were all going to get shocked.  I guess they are familiar already with the fence as they stopped right at it.

 

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Look how cute they are!  They were all squeezing in to get a good look at us.

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These momma’s and their kids were checking out this grandma and her grandkid.  It was pretty neat.  I’m a city girl remember.  This is a real treat for me.

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Miss 423 here posing for her picture.

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They have all kinds of water collected from the snow coming from the mountains.  It’s beautiful fertile ground here.

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We stopped at The Big Texan on our way to Wyoming.  It’s in Amarillo, Texas.  Have you seen the movie, “The Guilt Trip” with Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand?  It’s about a road trip with a son and his mother.  They have a scene where they stop at The Big Texan and Barbara Streisand’s character eats a free 72 oz steak dinner.  This is the place.  The staff wear cowboy hats and there is a singing cowboy that goes around and sings to your table.  I had a wonderful prime rib lunch for $14.00.   This will be our stopping place from now one.

 

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Happy Knitting friends.

I have road trip project I’m working on.  I’ll show you soon.  It’s a shawl.

Tammy

Leather Accents

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Good morning!  I’m still working on a few knit things that need to be finished, so I don’t have any show and tell for my knitting.  I do want to point you over to my step-daughter’s, Bailey’s site, for these adorable leather accents she makes.  I’m telling you this kid is so talented.  Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.  Above is how you find her on Facebook.    She is under Moose Creek Boutique.  It’s her online store out of Wyoming.  Here are a few of her latest creations.

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I love the floral one in the front!

She didn’t like her iWatch so she made herself one she likes.

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Oh my gosh! Look how pretty! I love it. Now this one is my favorite!

This morning, I see she has made a little collar for a kitty.

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How cute is that!?

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I captured the cutest picture of Jourdyn, my granddaughter.

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I sure do love this little girl.  She will be artsy too.  She loves to do crafts and paint.  She was painting a little candle holder here and I asked her to turn around for a picture.  This look is her turning around and thinking, “Not another picture Gugga, I’m busy”.  But look at the love in her face she has for me!  This little girl and me are like peanut butter and jelly, we just do well together.

 

We’re getting back some cute pics from our puppy owner’s.  The chocolate pup on the left is an Aussiedoodle.  The pups in the middle and on the right are Goldendoodles.  They are so cute!  I will own one myself one of these days.  When Brodie is ready to retire.  He’s got several more years though.  Brodie, our Standard Poodle, is one of kind.  I will for sure want one of his kiddos!

We’re going to the local pool park today with the grandkids.  Hopefully, we won’t melt in the heat.

Have a great day!

 

Tammy

Sweet Pea

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Boy, what a difference blocking makes!  This is the Sweet Pea Baby Blanket.  I made this for our newest grandson, Henry, who lives in Wyoming with his mom and dad, horses,  chickens, cats (I particularly like Mr. Pickles myself), motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, and plenty of mountains to explore.  What a lucky little boy!

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Henry has beautiful strawberry blonde hair, just like his mom.  I have 3 blonde/gingers myself.  I know he will look so handsome with this navy blue blanket as a background for photos.  It was my knitting project for the long road trip to Wyoming.  I worked on it while I was there.   It was UGLY.  I knew it would look better once blocked, but I also knew Bailey didn’t know that.   I bet she thought, “Why is she making such an ugly blanket?”.  After blocking, it turned out beautiful.  I just mailed it to her this week.  She is so creative and takes such great photos.   I’ll post a pic when I get some back of Henry and the blanket.

This is Bailey, Henry, and Dodge at their home in Wyoming.  I miss them.

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We travelled to Wyoming to see our new bundle of joy.  Wow!  Has anyone spent time anywhere where the weather is actually in the minus category?  Well, I have.  I found it very interesting actually.   I was wearing jeans, a sweater, and shoes and walking into a convenience store and the temp was -6 and it wasn’t that bad.   Apparently, the wind and moisture in Oklahoma makes anything below 30 degrees super cold.

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This is the view from Bailey’s living room.

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Another view without so much snow in the air.  Can you imagine waking up to this every day?  So pretty.

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You can’t see them well, but there is a heard of Elk on this mountain.  We could see them well with binoculars.  You have to blow this picture up and you will see them as tiny little Elk on the mountain.  Much better with binoculars.

It took us 3 days to drive home.  Driving in the snow is so much easier than driving on ice.   We arrived in Oklahoma to an ice storm.   We couldn’t get into Oklahoma so we had to stop in Texas for the night.   We passed about 15 semi-truck wrecks.  I mean bad wrecks, with the semi’s toppled over and crushed, on the side of the road.  We passed one UPS truck hauling 2 semi loads crashed on the side of the road with packages strewn everywhere.  I have never seen anything like it in my 49 years of life.  It looked like something from a disaster movie or the apocalypse.  Crazy!

I highly recommend the Sweet Pea Baby Blanket.  It’s a super easy knit and it’s very pretty once it’s been blocked.  I used Encore Chunky yarn for this project.

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Happy knitting folkes!

 

Tammy

 

Cowl days

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Lauren and Lindy, my daughters, wearing their cowls today.

Lauren is 9 months pregnant here!  You can hardly tell in this photo.  At the weekly doctor check, we’ve found out Luke is full term and can arrive any day now.  He is officially due on Nov 15, but he’s ready any time.  We can’t wait to meet the little guy!  He’s already loved so much!

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Lindy is modeling the cowl I just finished for Bailey.  I’m going to make a matching hat and maybe some gloves too, if I have enough yarn.   I made one for Lindy too, but she took it home already.  Her cowl was white on the outside with a variegated blue for the inner stripe.  Lauren and Lindy are wearing the same cowl, it’s just in different yarns/colors.  It’s super easy, add on 90-120 stitches and it’s knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.  12 stripes of main color, then 6 stripes of alternating colors, then 6-9 rows of  contrast color, then 6 stripes of alternating color, then finish with 12 stripes of main color.

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Bailey, with Henry, in Wyoming.

This is Len’s beautiful daughter, Bailey, who lives in Wyoming.  I just noticed uploading this photo that I made her those boot toppers too.    I gave them to her at her wedding and there was so much commotion that I wondered if she ever actually got them.  Apparently she did!  Cool!  I made her an Alpaca Cowl of ivory and her kitty cat had a litter of kittens in her scarf basket.   I made her this red one to replace it.  It’s the Gap-tastic Cowl on Ravelry.   It’s just a seed stitch pattern throughout, easy.

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Lauren just finished this poncho.  This is Crochet!  Isn’t it pretty!?  I absolutely LOVE that poncho’s are back in style!  I’m a child from the 70’s, so I’m poncho friendly!  I wore one today for grocery shopping at Target today.  LOVE them!

I got in on the fun too!

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Gourmet Yarn Co last SALE day is tomorrow.  50% off all yarn 75% off needles and accessories.   I believe it’s the very last day they will be in business.   Have fun stocking up!  They still have a lot of yarn.   It will be worth the trip.   That Alpaca yarn sure is costly.   Those Alpaca cowls are $60 worth of yarn alone.  I think I’ll stock up on a bit more.

Season of the Cowl

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Len and Bailey in her hometown of Wyoming.

This is my husband, Len, and his daughter, Bailey.   She is pregnant with her first, a boy named Henry.   I made her the red cabled baby blanket, as pictured in my last post.  I also made her a cowl to match.  Her cowl is the “GAP-tastic Cowl” which you can find on Ravelry.  It’s basically just a seed stitch pattern.  Both yarns are from Plymouth Yarn Co.  The baby blanket is Encore Chunky and the cowl is Baby Alpaca Grande.

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Grey Cabled Baby Blanket with Goldendoodle pups.

This is one of the baby blankets I made in a different yarn that is the same as the red baby blanket in my previous post.  See, it’s super pretty in any yarn!  Our Goldendoodles are growing so fast.  They are adorable!

Back to the cowls….

Len is in Wyoming and I didn’t have anyone to help with pics.   You can still see the cuteness of the cowl.   I had some yarn left over so I made a hat to match.  I had to be creative because I had little of the cream left and more of the variegated color.  It’s not an exact match, but it still goes together.  I made the pompom with my hand.  No tools used at all.  (Big pat on my back here). The hat pattern is from the “Chunky Beanie” by NatHipKnits on Ravelry.

Max loves all my knits.  It’s so cute.  Len is retired and home all the time.  Max is used to having someone here.   He doesn’t like to be alone and he’s always with someone, regardless of what we are doing.   I was doing some chores the other day, in particular, laundry.  I was going from room to room putting away the laundry and when he would notice I had left the room, he would meow.  I would holler, “I’m in here Max.” and you could hear the frantic pitter patter of his paws racing to find me.  It was so funny.   We did this from room to room while doing my chores.  Cracked me up!

This is my daughter, Lindy.  This is several years ago.  I think she was 17 here.  She will be 21 this December.  She is wearing the “Drop Stitch Cowl” by Abi Gregorio.  She gets tons of compliments on this when she wears it.  I bought some super chunky yarn from Tuesday Morning for this.

I miss my man so much!  Eagerly awaiting his return home.

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